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i am giving suggestions on how to improve his suspension since he likes to off road......
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You know everyone likes to bash Superlifts kit but have you ever heard of anyone breaking anything on one.
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well he probably recently dropped 2300+ on this kit


i know ill wheel it like this for a while.. if i dont keep it on until i get rid of the truck.. theres the whole differnt style of wheelin for IFS, and i like it, and its better to say HA to someone with a sfa once you get up it with ifs
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i am giving suggestions on how to improve his suspension since he likes to off road......
"get over it....suck it up and buy another piece, build your own, or do a SAS so it is stronger and dont have the drop bracket....."

"that is why solid axles are 100x better than an IFS off road....IFS's, even with aftermarket lift kits, are not designed to be beaten off road...."

Are these your "suggestions"
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just crank yer torsion bars...
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no one is getting the point here i was just warning people about this and if you do have this lift i would take bracket off and get it renforced with some strong steel before it breaks.

I flexed my truck so many times and on the same rock yesterday when my truck was stock and never had a problem. If you saw how flimsey and thin that is and know what kind of pressure is on it then i would of renforced the part. I had no idea there was that type of force on it but its done now and i fixed it.

I didn't post this to start a argument about something stupid i just didnt want to see anyone else fall into the same problem. Isnt a forum about reading and searching and posting things to help other people.
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yes mine did the same thing. broke between the 2nd bolt. but i would throw some steel over that and weld it really well. drill some holes from the steel into the rcd breacket and fill them with weld and you should be good to go





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did the diff torque down and round out the cross member?



and i presume it broke right here??





ATLEAST 3 trucks on this site have had it break, thats a big %.. how many people on here have the RCD kit... 10 maybe?



broke mine 2 weeks ago, and its a piece that shouldn't break, not that easy at least..



MAYBE, like me he doesn't want to SAS his truck, maybe he doesn't know how, have the money, or the time to devote to it, maybe he likes wheelin an IFS truck ... if you actually wheeled your **** you would find a few weak links and ***** about them too

bottom line.. the % of trucks on this site, that WHEEL their RCD kit, and have had the bracket break is way too high, they need to do something about it!





i would build a beefier one before you twist/snap it so you have a nice un broken template to work with
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no one is getting the point here i was just warning people about this and if you do have this lift i would take bracket off and get it renforced with some strong steel before it breaks.

I flexed my truck so many times and on the same rock yesterday when my truck was stock and never had a problem. If you saw how flimsey and thin that is and know what kind of pressure is on it then i would of renforced the part. I had no idea there was that type of force on it but its done now and i fixed it.

I didn't post this to start a argument about something stupid i just didnt want to see anyone else fall into the same problem. Isnt a forum about reading and searching and posting things to help other people.


no its just Maurice likes to go **** ppl off saying STUPID aggressive ****, and then when ppl talk back to him, he's like "oh you're stupid, i was JUST SAYING"
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rcd wont warrenty it ... i tried ... ****ers
You have to bug them more. Since I was one of the First guys to get my RCD on my truck, I found a couple bugs, like the CV's getting destroyed. I bugged and Bugged RCD till they finally cut me a check for the cost of getting the CV's Repaired.

I beat on my lift pretty hard, caught some air, did some body damaging crawling, and I never broke anything other then CV shafts.
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anybody have pics on where you need to weld on the piece?
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it was up a few posts but here it is again
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i just ordered another one to get me to WY, and to make it through the winter since im probably not going to be wheelin until next spring.. then ill make a new one before i go out

and its not going to get skinny at the bottom im going to make it like a rectangle...it wont be pretty but who cares
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ok so im tired of listening to all this crap.

the bracket is weak no if and buts about it. BUT it is not rcds fault which i know i am going to get bashed, and i was pissed that they didnt fix it for me, but i got over it after i realized this.

the rcd kit is designed for 33x10.50 tires i think majority of ppl who are breaking this bracket are ppl with 35x12.50s it is not that big if a difference in size BUT it does add more stress to the front diff and its brackets. i can see why it brakes it is very thing compared to the oem one. instead of all this *****in about how weak it is this whole thread was started to warn others to reinforce the bracket or just let them know there is a chance for it to break.
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(he's running 33s) just btw lol


but its still annoying that the stock one is atleast twice as thick
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Does anyone have a picture of that piece uninstalled?
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Does anyone have a picture of that piece uninstalled?

lol yea i cant figure out what piece that is..

all i know is its one of the front members
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I am going to get another ranger eventually and i want an RCD kit so i want to see if that piece can be fabbed up a little thicker. I just need to see what it looks like not installed!
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i can understand puttin a thread out there so everyone knows to keep an eye out for issues. what i dont understand is the over-exaggeration and BS in this thread.

i took some pics jus now to make this simple.
the OEM bracket is NOT twice as thick as the RCD. it may seem that way lookin at the edge
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however it is in fact the same thickness around the bolts as the RCD part.
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now if you look at the RCD bracket you will see that it is flat over the entire bracket, and has two brakes at the top edge. you can see the brake in these pics.
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the edges of these brakes are then welded together here.
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now, i dont know what material RCD used compared to OEM, maybe one of you who has welded on and reinforced it could tell me, but im doubtful you know either.

issues i see. the second hole is much closer to the edge than the OEM part and it looks like this is the area of the breakage. as you can see in the last pic above, this is regulated by the location of the crossmember. buildin a thicker or more rectangular bracket may cause interference as the diff flexes in its bushings, maybe not.

my suggestion to beef up the RCD bracket would be to run a vertical gusset from the brake at the top down to the tip near the lower most bolt. thats it. it doesnt need to be 1/2" thick. a vertical gusset would help reduce the flex across the largest span on the bracket and prevent it from fatiguing in the area around the middle bolt.

now for all you b!tchin, get over it. you bought an aftermarket part designed to be used. like any part that gets used, there is a possibility of failure dependin on intended vs. actual use, frequency, abuse, and a myriad of other factors. if you break it, fix it. make is stronger, dont cry. if you want a warranty, buy a new truck every three years.

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You know everyone likes to bash Superlifts kit but have you ever heard of anyone breaking anything on one.
And how many StupidLifts on here actually wheel their vehicles instead of street queening them? There are few exceptions on here, you being one of them. How many of the RCD guys wheel our trucks?

Just as Jared, I'm REALLY ****ING tire of the pissing contest on here about the kit.

That said, Maurice - with all due respect to your input............STUFN

You don't have an RCD kit, nor you don't wheel your vehicle to the extent that any of us whom do wheel. You're opinions and suggestions in this thread are thus bunk and far from even being considered moot.

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the truck i have started as a superlift kit. i never broke anything yes... but would i recommend it? no. its way to stiff. go skyjacker you wont be let down.
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legion, your TTB has nuthin to do with the SLA lift kits.

does anyone have a pic of the SL diff bracket from a SLA kit?
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the truck i have started as a superlift kit. i never broke anything yes... but would i recommend it? no. its way to stiff. go skyjacker you wont be let down.

easier said than done. Only suspension lift kit options for the year rangers that pertain to the RCD aspect of this thread went the RCD route over StupidLift because it's only those 2 kits and the DBR long travel kit - which isn't really a lift kit and it'll run you $3k for the kit, $350 from front glass (to accomodate the DBR kit extending your front wheels out 4 inches), and $1700 for coilovers.
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i still hate superlift lol.. they never sent me stickers.
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Hopefully Rancho will go into production with their kit, then there will be another option, which from the pics looks like a good lift
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Ranger-forums IS like an online family....y'all argue as much as my in-house family!
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I whoop the living hell out of my truck and never had a problem with the kit other than trashing a cv a couple weeks ago. My RCD looks like hell compared to most of the guys on here with they're shiny, nice looking front ends and it still hasn't let me down. Hell, I bought the truck used with the RCD already installed. The truck was bought 3/03 and the kit was installed 3/04. It's 3 1/2 years old now.

FWIW, I've jumped my truck on numerous occasions. Mostly on dirt but a few times on pavement as well(stupid me). Always doing 30-50mph and never experienced breakage.

Thanks for the warning but like Gumby said, it's the chance you take when you start building up and beating up your truck.

I didn't start a thread saying 'OMG! RCD sucks b/c I broke a cv!', I started a thread on where/how I could get stronger cv's and convert to a manual hub swap. You break something, you fix it or make it better. That's all you can do. Griping doesn't accomplish anything but making you look like a whiner.

Where's the pics anyhow?
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